Independently Happy

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3 New Years Resolutions to Ensure a Great Year

New Years Resolutions

Can we agree that New Years Resolutions are pretty much a waste of time? By February we’re feeling guilty for not keeping resolutions we didn’t really want to do anyway. If we really wanted to do whatever we’re resolving to do, we’d do it now instead of waiting for next year. Here are the three […]

Life vs. Stuff or The Problem of Too Much Stuff

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Stuff is weighty. It weighs a lot. It’s one little figurine here, one little knickknack there. Maybe four or five hundred CDs in ten boxes everywhere. The problem with too much stuff is that it costs so much more than the money to buy it. The old proverb claims that “you can’t take it with […]

How Empathy Forms Calluses Instead of Callousness

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The Virtuous Circles post got me thinking about calluses. Being an on-and-off guitarist, I know that calluses are a good thing. When I start practicing, my fingers quickly get sore. I can’t play guitar as long. As I develop calluses on my fingers, I can play guitar longer. Then there is the insensitive callous, the […]

A Wealth of Choices

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In “We Are All Weird,” Seth Godin stated that wealth is having choices. In the West that means we have more choices of cars to purchase since we can add the more expensive makers as options. We can add the options of Europe and Disney to our vacation decisions. The money itself isn’t what we […]

Focus on Life’s Enormousness, Not Life’s Enormity

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Enormity vs. enormousness. These two words sound alike but have completely different meanings. They also an opportunity for an important mindset. Focus on life’s enormousness, not life’s enormity. Isn’t that a Pinable image! I love words that sound similar, especially when they have completely different meanings. They are almost always an excellent opportunity for philosophical […]